Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **** $$$ Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we're trying a classic: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  In this case from the higher elevations of Howell Mountain, which generates lower intra-day temperature ranges than much of the rest of the valley, presumably creating a more evenly ripened grape.

Original tasting and review : This is Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2006, finished at 14.8% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque in the center, muddy deep red at the edge. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature from a 50ml tasting bottle and swirled vigorously, shows powerful, menthol and black cherry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, nostril-filling and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact perfumed, alcoholic, sweet black cherries.  Brightness around the edges supports the rich, flavorful fruit.  Purple tanginess comes along to the lingering finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Earns a plus for provocative power.  Following long decant, one day in partially filled bottle at room temperature:  Consistent aroma.  The softer, better knit palate yields a full four stars with the decant. 

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